Goal of Kitten Nursery is Saving 1500 Little Lives This Year

Kittens “Xanadu” and “Battleship” are residents at Best Friends Animal Society-Utah where their goal is to save 1500 kittens this year. (Photo: Scott Sommerdorf, The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Kittens are cute and snuggly and while everyone seems to love them, in Utah, as elsewhere, they are often the animals most at risk when in shelters.

With that in mind, Best Friends Animal Society has opened a 24/7 kitten nursery specifically to give these tiny bundles of fur a chance to grow up and, ultimately, find a loving forever home. The kitten nursery takes in mother cats who are nursing litters, as well as orphans. Residents stay until they have reached the vital benchmarks of being 2 months and weighing in at 2 pounds. Although the facility has just opened, there are already 150 kittens on site, in addition to 120 who are living in foster care.

Arlyn Bradshaw, executive director for Best Friends Animal Society—Utah, told The Salt Lake Tribune, “Approximately 79 percent of  the pets killed in Utah shelters are cats, and kittens are an especially at-risk group because of their susceptibility to illness and the resources required to raise them. For Utah to reach our no-kill goal by 2019, we must focus on saving more kittens and cats. Our kitten nursery is a proven way to do this, because we can provide round-the-clock care for these fragile lives and help them reach an adoptable weight and age.”

With the ambitious goal is to save 1,500 kittens this year, the organization needs help.  They are seeking some 300 volunteers and 100 foster homes to make this a reality.  For more information and to see how you can help, please visit http://utah.bestfriends.org.

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